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Visa-free move boost to bilateral ties

Visa-free move boost to bilateral ties

28 Nov 2023

Strategic initiative aims to facilitate movement of citizens between two nations, says China embassy

The Chinese Embassy in Malaysia anticipates the implementation of a visa-free policy will be pivotal in encouraging movement of citizens, nurturing enhanced bilateral practical cooperation, and ultimately fortifying the overall relationship between China and Malaysia.

A Chinese embassy spokesman was commenting on the government’s recent initiative, which is set to roll out 30-day visa-free entry for citizens of China and India starting on Dec 1.

“In a noteworthy diplomatic development, China and Malaysia have collaboratively enacted a visa-free policy, allowing individuals with ordinary passports from their respective countries to enter each other’s nations without the need for a visa.

“This strategic measure, endorsed by the government, aims to enhance the facilitation of (people movement) and signifies a pivotal development in the high-level relationship between the two nations,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made the announcement during his concluding speech at the Parti Keadilan Rakyat annual national congress at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on Sunday, which drew 1,391 delegates and 1,269 observers.

He said this diplomatic initiative emphasises the commitment of both nations to deepen the relationship and facilitate seamless interactions, marking a milestone in diplomatic history.

Anwar, who is also the finance minister, said this new facility is an additional benefit to the existing visa exemptions already enjoyed by citizens from Gulf countries and other West Asian nations, including Turkiye and Jordan.

He said the visa exemption is contingent upon rigorous security screenings.

“All tourists and visitors to Malaysia will undergo preliminary screenings. Security concerns constitute a distinct aspect; entry will be denied to individuals with criminal records or potential terrorism risks. The responsibility for making these decisions rests with the security forces and immigration authorities,” he said.

Source: The Sun Daily